Wiener Symphoniker: With new chief conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada on a big autumn tour in Germany 2020
The traditional Vienna orchestra shines with its core repertoire in the large concert halls of Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Düsseldorf, Cologne and Hanover.
What would the 2020 Beethoven anniversary be without the interpretations of the Wiener Symphoniker? Since its founding in 1900, the orchestra has been one of the defining ensembles for the Viennese romantic and classical repertoire; at the beginning of the 20th century, it was the first Viennese orchestra to perform a complete cycle of the Beethoven symphonies. The recent history of the Symphoniker also confirms their pioneering role: recordings of the Beethoven symphonies, which were released between 2017 and 2019, were acclaimed by critics all around the world. A review in the German monthly Concerti, for example, said: "Beethoven's revolutionary gesture [...] - here you can experience it anew."
With performances of the legendary "Great Academy of 1808" in Beethoven in Vienna and Paris and Christoph Waltz's "Fidelio" production right before the corona lockdown, the orchestra has already placed two internationally recognized artistic exclamation marks in Beethoven's year 2020. This autumn the Symphoniker plan to expand their Beethoven success story with their new Music Director, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, on a major tour through Germany.
Andrés Orozco-Estrada will then take up his position as the new chief conductor of the Wiener Symphoniker. Born in Colombia, the former chief conductor of the hr symphony orchestra, started his steep career as a student at the renowned University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. The city has been his center of life for over 20 years since. From the coming season, the Wiener Symphoniker will therefore be led by a dedicated Viennese by choice who is both artistically and personally rooted in the culture of the music metropolis. Orozco-Estrada: “With their fascinating history, the quality and breadth of what they offer, the Wiener Symphoniker are of crucial importance to the Viennese culture and music life. They are musically and humanly an orchestra full of character and personality. This is – in addition to their inspiring energy and extraordinary musical quality - what has always attracted me to them. I am very happy to be part of this story myself now and to continue it together with the musicians. I believe that we will be able to create something really unique for the Viennese as well as the international audience.”
Jan Nast, intendant of the Wiener Symphoniker also looks forward to the orchestra's concert tour with Orozco-Estrada: “We want to set an artistic exclamation mark with this first tour with our new chief conductor. The German audience can already look forward to some truly exceptional concert experiences."
The tour's programme includes Beethoven's piano concerto No. 4 and his symphony No. 5, which featured both at the 1808 Academy. It will be presented at the Wiener Musikverein, the Berlin Philharmonie, the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, the Munich Gasteig, the Tonhalle Düsseldorf, the Cologne Philharmonic and the Congress Center Hanover. The soloist is the multi-award-winning Italian pianist Beatrice Rana, praised by the New York Times for her “supernatural sensitivity, sophistication and control with a touch of magic” - an ideal partner for Beethoven evenings that you will never forget.